NHK has learned that Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe intends to reshuffle his Cabinet and the ruling party executives on Wednesday next week.
Abe told a meeting of government and ruling party officials on Monday that he plans to revamp his Cabinet next week.
He said he will take on challenges with a fresh mind, while attaching importance to political continuity and stability.
Abe intends to revamp his Cabinet and the lineup of party executives after returning from his trip to the Russian city of Vladivostok that starts later this week. During the visit, Abe is scheduled to meet President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of an economic forum.
Abe is expected to retain Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso, who doubles as Finance Minister, and Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga.
Abe also plans to carefully consider his party's executive lineup, given the differing opinions among party members.